Covid-19 Important TVAM Update

The health, safety and welfare of all our saints and visitors is the number one priority for TVAM. We have always been an exceptional family, where love and care are freely exhibited; we ask that during this difficult time that we continue to respect and support each other. 

We want to reassure you that we wish to follow the advice from the World Health Organisation, NHS England and the UK government very carefully.  Current advice from NHS England is that the risk to individuals has been raised to high in the UK (16th March).

 

Please take the time to read the below important information and share with your others.

Information about the virus

A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China in January 2020.

The incubation period of COVID-19 is between 2 to 14 days. This means that if a person remains well 14 days after contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus, they have not been infected.

Signs and symptoms of COVID-19

The following symptoms may develop in the 14 days after exposure to someone who has COVID-19 infection:

  • cough

  • difficulty in breathing

  • fever
     

Generally, these infections can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.

How is COVID-19 spread?

From what we know about other coronaviruses, spread of COVID-19 is most likely to happen when there is close contact (within 2 metres or less) with an infected person. It is likely that the risk increases the longer someone has close contact with an infected person.

Respiratory secretions produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes containing the virus are most likely to be the main means of transmission.

There are 2 main routes by which people can spread COVID-19:

  • Infection can be spread to people who are nearby (within 2 metres) or possibly could be inhaled into the lungs.

  • it is also possible that someone may become infected by touching a surface, object or the hand of an infected person that has been contaminated with respiratory secretions and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes (such as touching door knob or shaking hands then touching own face)

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus.

There are general principles anyone can follow to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • Washing your hands often - with soap and water or use alcohol sanitizer if handwashing facilities are not available. This is particularly important after taking public transport

  • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in a bin immediately

  • People who feel unwell should stay at home and should not attend work or any education or childcare setting

  • Individuals should wash their hands with soap for a minimum of 20 seconds:

    • before leaving home

    • on arrival at church

    • after using the toilet

    • after breaks and sporting activities

    • before food preparation

    • before eating any food, including snacks

    • before leaving church 

    • after arriving home from a public place

  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands

  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

  • If you are worried about your symptoms or those of a client or colleague, please call NHS 111. Do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment

See further information on the Public Health England Blog and the NHS UK website.

How long the virus can survive

How long any respiratory virus survives will depend on a number of factors, for example:

  • what surface the virus is on

  • whether it is exposed to sunlight

  • differences in temperature and humidity

  • exposure to cleaning products
     

Under most circumstances, the amount of infectious virus on any contaminated surfaces is likely to have decreased significantly by 72 hours.

We know that similar viruses are transferred to and by people’s hands. Therefore, regular hand hygiene and cleaning of frequently touched surfaces will help to reduce the risk of infection.

In addition to the above advice TVAM recommends that the saints put the below measures in place:

Hygiene

Regularly use anti-viral sprays/cleaners in the following places:

  • tables

  • door handles

  • telephones

 

If you feel unwell

If you have returned to the UK from a Category 1 area you should self-isolate, even if asymptomatic and call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel. 

If you have returned to the UK from a Category 2 area you do not need to take any special measures, but if you develop systems you should self-isolate and call NHS 111.

The list of Category 1 and 2 countries can be found at

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas-with-implications-for-returning-travellers-or-visitors-arriving-in-the-uk

This guidance is for everyone. It advises on social distancing measures we should all be taking to reduce social interaction between people in order to reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).

What is social distancing?

Social distancing measures are steps you can take to reduce the social interaction between people. This will help reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).

They are:

  1. Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough

  2. Avoid non-essential use of public transport, varying your travel times to avoid rush hour, when possible

  3. Work from home, where possible. Your employer should support you to do this. Please refer to employer guidance for more information

  4. Avoid large gatherings, and gatherings in smaller public spaces such as pubs, cinemas, restaurants, theatres, bars, clubs; including religious congregations, and smaller gatherings.

  5. Best practice requires maintaining at least a six-foot distance between yourself and others

  6. Avoid gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media

  7. Use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services

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We are advising those who are at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) to be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures.

This group includes those who are:

  • aged 70 or older (regardless of medical conditions)

  • under 70 with an underlying health condition listed below (ie anyone instructed to get a flu jab as an adult each year on medical grounds)

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